GUYANA – BLACK HISTORY – By Leonard Dabydeen


– By Leonard Dabydeen

One day me cross over punt trench

greenheart bridge only wide like me shoulda

me machete tie ‘pon me waist

me head-band tie strong

fuh steady me head

me bend down, scratch me big toe

waiting like mawnin’ cock a crow     

in Goberdhan back yard

‘till overseer done make he list

me and Cujofuh cut cane

‘till punt come, ‘till punt come

quick, quick me squat on the grass

take out me calabash

with me dry-coconut

and me salt-fish

eat quick, and drink water

from the canal

and all day we cut cane

cut and bundle cane

load punt ‘till sun come down

skin black like punt

ashen-gray in Picasso color

in the truck I listen to the voice

deep inside my heart

how the dust from my black skin

one day will take me far, far away

on a journey of my dreams

from Africa, through villages in Ghana

across the Atlantic and Pacific

into cold, winter streets of America

with rendezvous in Canada

for my new generation

to make black history

a curriculum of their lives.

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  • Bernard N. Singh  On 03/03/2018 at 12:31 pm


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